When roofing your home in Denver Colorado, you must consider the very unique climate. Denver has a very dry, high elevation type of climate, which can be harsh for your wood shake roof. Although it is beautiful and durable, cedar shake roofing is often an appealing option for homeowner’s considering roofing restoration. According to the FinerLiving.net site: “One of the reasons they are popular is that they are very easy to install and look beautiful. Repairing them is also very simple and can last for 50 to 60 years if you treat them well.”
But before we get too excited about cedar shake roofing, ASAP ROOFING, a national roofing company, suggests that we fully explore the pro’s and con’s of a cedar shake roofing.
So let’s start with the benefits:
Durability: Cedar shake roofing is known for its durability, with some forms, such as Enviro Shake being touted to last as long as 50 years.
Aesthetic appeal: In terms of rustic appearance, nothing beats cedar shake roofing, and for many homeowners, simply the reputation of cedar shake as a higher end roofing material is enough to encourage it as a roofing choice. Certainly, cedar shake roofing does increase a home’s value, and according to some real estate websites, by as much as 10-15%.
Sustainability: Because wood is a natural product, it is of course biodegradable. Different from asphalt shingles, the typical roofing choice, where the recycling is in its infancy, wood shake will break down naturally, and can always be shredded and recycled as wood chips which provide excellent ground cover. Cedar can also be made more environmentally sound when purchased from a company that is certified by the Forest Steward Council or other forest certification organizations.
And the drawbacks:
Required maintenance: The longevity of wood shake roofing is extremely dependent on the regular maintenance, and according to the National Roofing Contractor’s Association (NRCA) wood shake will need to be both preservative treated and fire-retardant in order to last as long as the warranty might suggest. Additionally NRCA notes that fire-retardant may need to be re-applied as premature deterioration can increase fire risk.
Lack of fire retardant quality: As mentioned above, wood shake roofing can, when not maintained correctly, lose its fire-retardant quality.
Potential Increased Insurance Premiums: Primarily because there are no ASTM standards for wood shake roofing, some insurance companies do charge a higher premium for this type of roofing. The best way to determine this is to check with your insurance company before installing wood shake roofing.
Cost: Wood shake roofing does traditionally cost as much as twice as much as asphalt shingle roofing, and that cost can be even greater when purchasing cedar that is certified by Forest Steward Council or other forest certification organizations. According to the Finer Living website you can expect to pay anywhere between $50 and $350 per square foot depending on style and fire resistance rating.
As always, ASAP ROOFING, a national roofing company offers homeowners a variety of roofing selections and can customize any roof to fit their customers’ needs whether it is in their service areas of Denver, Colorado, Atlanta, Georgia, Indianapolis, Indiana, or Dallas, Texas. For more information on wood shake roofing pros and cons, or ASAP ROOFING, just visit www.asaproofing.com
National Roofing Contractors Association (www.nrca.net)
Forest Stewardship Council (https://us.fsc.org/)
Finer Living website (www.finerliving.net)
Written by Nick Dorotik